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Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 4:18pm


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Come on in and join us for some Fiesta Friday fun!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week's Fiesta Friday celebration!

It's been a beautiful early Fall week here in Colorado with very civilized temperatures around 70-75 f21-23 C), perfect weather for running lots of errands including still making trips to Habitat for Humanity and other donation locations. As we put things back in place after new carpet we're having fun rearranging things and questioning whether we really need this and that. Tomorrow is the big window well drainage project where our contractor will put a drainage pipe in the window well that runs to the sump pit, finally put a sump pump in the pit, with a backup pump to boot in case of a power outage during a storm. They have a lifetime guarantee it won't leak. Take that leaky window well! Laugh

Well.... (haha, get it... well?)... what have *you* been doing this week, and what plans do you have for the weekend? The buffet is stocked with apple and peach crumble made with a bit of lembas in the crumbs, and the Fiesta bar is fully-stocked with all your favorites, as always, so make yourself comfy and let us know!

*leans casually on juke box* I've always really liked the song Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay. I was listening to it yesterday and watching the video which is also very cool. I've always wondered why they decided to do that particular video with that particular song when lo and behold, I noticed a 'making of' video. I was delighted to find out that the official video was made using motion capture! Have a look. Watch the video, then the making of, then the video again, or whatever sequence you like. Oh, and you'll recognize a very familiar face in the 'making of' video.

Hint.....

*kicks juke box* Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay starts to play followed by the making of video.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend, everyone! SlyHeartSmile




Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





(This post was edited by Altaira on Sep 24 2021, 4:21pm)


dernwyn
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Sep 24 2021, 4:36pm


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Fascinating!

Looks like I've got some videos to enjoy after work today, thanks! Smile

*spoons crumble into bowl* Busy here, but I'll gladly take a bit of a break for some of this crumble (yum!), with a mug of high-test coffee! Some of these elementary kids can be a handful, but the days pass quickly, and I'm more appreciative when the weekend rolls around. Laugh

And I'm intending to just relax this weekend! Pull out a few weedy vines that have overgrown in places, and enjoy the cooler autumnal temps. Down into the 50's at night, vanquishing the horrid humidity of summer, yay!


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Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 4:57pm


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Yes! Here's to cooler nights!

I also have a few weeds to pull too. Better to get them now then to see them again in the Spring! VInes especially. I've all but given up on some vinca that stealthily crept out of a potted plant years ago and now cover one end of the yard. It actually does make an attractive ground cover and doesn't seem particularly interested in taking over the rest of the yard, so it's staying for now.

Good luck getting through the rest of the school day so you can enjoy the nice weekend weather! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





grammaboodawg
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Sep 24 2021, 5:04pm


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Well, well, well... a deep subject!

You're finally getting that window well fixed and tying in the sump well :D WELL DONE! (almost ;)

Those final days and decisions of re-inventing your room(s) is the fun part. NOW you can enjoy the progress and anticipate finally being done. That's so awesome!

LOVE the How To video! Blue-eyed monkeys are always fun to watch ;) Here's a link to the finished Adventure of a Lifetime Official Video that I have to admit was loads more fun to watch knowing what they did, how they did it, and who did it with them! THANKS FOR THE HEADS-UP!

I've had a crazy week. Lots of things I thought were resolved reared their ugly heads. More brakes problems with hobbity (suv) as they started fading again. Got to take in for adjustment. Lobelia (rider lawnmower) literally blew a gasket as smoke began pouring out of the engine where the manifold attaches to the engine block. Got to take it in for new gasket (hope that's all). The 25 ft cedar tree growing within my long run of lilac bushes (grandma's, mom's, friend's mix) blew down on Wednesday in high winds and broke/crushed lots of mature bushes. So I was out there attacking the tree when the chainsaw quit. *taps foot, sighing* Just a bunch of weird full-moon stuff within a couple of days. SO, I'm going to take an ICE CREAM break!! ;)

But all is sorting out, so I'll grab an Ice Cream Chocolate Shake from the stash and head back out with the handsaw ;)

Thanks for taking such great care of us, Altaira! Best wishes on getting your room(s) done and the water directed to its proper wellness. HUGS



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Sep 24 2021, 5:05pm


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Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 5:12pm


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Goodness!

Things like that are supposed to stop once they add up to three. Don't they know the rules, lol! Glad to hear the kinks are being worked out and everything is getting resolved, hopefully without too much financial outlay. Here's to some calm, cool, sunny weather for you to enjoy while working out the kinks! Cool


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Sep 24 2021, 6:37pm


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What fun - I'd never seen that vid!

I really ought to broaden the range of my listening. I had to laugh when they talked about 'monkeys' though; years of reading Terry Pratchett made me think of the Librarian's reaction to being called a monkey instead of an ape. Extreme would just about cover it, I think...!
Today we've had a fine example of good old English panic-buying here. The media started whittering on about fuel shortages due to there not being enough tanker drivers (this was true, of one company BP in certain areas) and of course, loads of people everywhere rushed out to fill their tanks. Cue gridlock around petrol stations, pumps running out etc - which will of course make the situation worse! The media attention has created a much more widespread shortage than was originally the case. Hmph.. I almost topped up yesterday, but didn't, so I'm left with not much fuel in the tank - but I can walk to the local shops and in a few days things should have been sorted out, hopefully.
I have two kinds of vinca in my garden; a lively variegated one with pale mauve flowers which is doing its best to climb up the back fence, and is also climbing through the cotoneaster horizontalis (actually vertical!) in the front garden, and a less vigorous one with smaller leaves and darker purple flowers in the front garden. They're very undemanding and do well in quite deep shade.
Good luck with whatever you're doing over the weekend; the Equinox is past and the year's turning! Cheers,All!


Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 7:37pm


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Rumors of shortages

They can be just as bad as actual shortages themselves as your story shows. I'm about to go do some shopping and am preparing myself for limits on how much toilet paper I can buy *again.* Though, that may have just been rumors.Crazy

How nice that your vinca flowers! I've never seen flowers on ours, probably because it's a relatively arid climate here. They aren't even classified as perennials here as far as I know, but they don't seem to care, lol.

Have a wonderful weekend, GH! Heart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Kimi
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Sep 24 2021, 9:58pm


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*Waves with both hands*

Some progress this week, on both the personal and regional front. The hand therapist delivered a special torture device arm brace to wear for a modest amount of time every day, and it's so improved my wrist mobility that I can actually type with both hands again! Still a bit shaky with the left hand, but it feels like real progress. Next step to aim at is being able to wash my own hair :)

Our region moved from Lockdown Level 4 to Lockdown Level 3, which some people refer to as "lockdown with takeaways" :) Our Level 4 is considered one of the most stringent in the world, with only essential retail open (basically supermarkets and pharmacies, plus a few others like farm/animal supplies) and the only people going out of the house to work being essential workers (closely defined) who can't work from home. Level 3 opens up things like takeaways, and also allows workplaces to reopen, as long as they can do so safely.

I'm not really into most takeaways, but we celebrated Level 3 by:
- Click-and-collect at the hardware store (Mr Kimi needed some supplies to fix a roof leak)
- Click-and-collect at our excellent local butcher's
- Picked up some yummy scones and cakes (contactless payment) at our favourite local cafe.
It felt good to be supporting local businesses, and the baked goods were thoroughly enjoyed.

New Covid cases yesterday were down in single figures, which was a morale boost. Not out of it yet, but feeling encouraged.

Mr Kimi has made scones (we've finished the shop ones :)) for morning tea, to be served with homemade lemon curd. Washing is flapping on the line, the sheep are grazing in the orchard, and all is peaceful. Time to stop for coffee.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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Ataahua
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Sep 24 2021, 10:10pm


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Congrats on the hand!

I'm glad that you're seeing good progress.

Although we're in level 2 our CE is encouraging people to still work from home if they can until level 1. However I got the OK to head into work when I want, so I spent most of Thursday in the office - and it was great to see other people again! Very few people are around but that's still a hell of a lot more than I have around the home.

Also, my body appreciates being at an ergonomic desk with two big screens, rather then me hunched over a small laptop screen in my living room.

I'll work from home on Wednesday though as the arborist has finally confirmed the date for removing three large trees in my garden. Then I'll be able to replant! (I've got two grevilleas and two bottle-brushes, which feed feed bees and won't grow too tall.) First up is removing an invasive vine, which I'm about to start on now. It'll be a big job as this vine has strong, complicated root systems. Ah well - it's the longest job that's never started.

BTW I also put some money into local food businesses that aren't franchises. I felt virtuous as I tucked into some of the best prawn dumplings earlier this week. Cool

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 11:02pm


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*waves back*

Great news about the hand progress! It sounds like it's going not only well, but quickly which must be a relief. j

You and Mr. Kimi must be in the Auckland region to still be in such strict lockdown. Right on the edge I bet. Still, like you've said, you can be mostly self-sufficient, can still get outdoors, and can still work which makes it easier (I know from experience).

Have a wonderful weekend! Heart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Kimi
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Sep 24 2021, 11:12pm


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A self-fulfilling prophecy

when it comes to rumoured shortages!

We don't seem to have had such a run on toilet paper, not to mention flour, yeast, cinnamon, etc, etc this time. We haven't been able to get fresh fish, though, but supply is starting up again now.

Happy equinox to you! It always brings strong winds here, but they've settled down a bit today - good gardening weather.


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(This post was edited by Kimi on Sep 25 2021, 8:27pm)


Altaira
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Sep 24 2021, 11:12pm


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Great that you got back to the office

And great that you have a choice so you can handle important homey-type things like supervising getting rid of those trees.

I used to complain about not having 2 screens like I did at most of my clients until B.G. pointed out we could just buy 2 for home. Blush Thanks to my personal shopper I'm now the proud owner of a small, usb-based 'docking system' to which my laptop, 2 screens, a usb extender (my laptop only has 3 usb prots), and a backup hard drive hook up to. Headphones and printer are wireless. Of course, you have to have room somewhere for 2 screens, but it's one of the best investments we've made.

Prawn dumpllngs sound absolutely amazing. Enjoy the weekend and all the fabulous local food!


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Kimi
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Sep 24 2021, 11:14pm


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Oh, Gramma!

So many things going wrong one after an another! You must be due a mighty run of good luck after all that. You certainly deserve some ice cream!

Don't break that handsaw...


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Kimi
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Sep 24 2021, 11:20pm


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Best of both worlds

having the option to work from home or pop into the office as it suits best. Extra screens for home can be surprisingly modest in price, if you do decide to go down that path. I have one for my laptop, along with a wireless keyboard, and it makes a huge difference. Mr Kimi has two, but he's like that :)

The bees will love those trees! I expect the tui will, too.

Yes, supporting the local food businesses lets you feel virtuous as well as well-fed!


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Kimi
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Sep 24 2021, 11:22pm


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Yes, close to the edge.

Almost walking distance, if we felt like a looong walk. But yes, much less of a hardship for us than for many. Now I'm mostly hoping that both Covid and my wrist are being obliging by the time kayaking season starts!


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Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

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dernwyn
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Sep 24 2021, 11:52pm


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Great Elephants, gramma!

I'm imagining you sitting in the mower's seat, staring in disbelief as dark smoke puffs up from Lobelia's innards! And the disappointment of realizing Hobbity needs more work. And the horror of that tree blowing down - I'd heard you had strong winds out there, but to lose a tree like that...!

Did you figure out the problem with the chainsaw? A handsaw is fine for small branches, but hardly a match for the dense stuff!

You need more than one chocolate shake. Take care you don't strain yourself! Can you get Lobelia on to Bill to get her back to the shop?


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dernwyn
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Sep 25 2021, 12:06am


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You do have

a nice advantage, being within an easy walk of things you need!

Interesting how people react to events with panic buying. The day before the last hurricane hit our area, I'd filled the car, taken a short trip, then thought I'd just top off the tank...and all the stations were out of regular gas, all that day people had been lining up to fill their cars and their gas cans to run their generators.

Our school's PTO just had a fundraiser, selling mums. I bought a pinkish-red one for the Library, and two yellow for my front porch. I think you mentioned once that you've got mums in your garden? What else is about to put forth Fall flowers?


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dernwyn
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Sep 25 2021, 12:22am


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That arm brace

must look like a kind of cyber-tech device! Torture device? I bet it must feel quite comfortable!

So good that you're at Level 3 now and can support the local businesses, especially when that involves excellent bakeries. How are the ol' gals (the sheep) doing these days? Will they have their Spring shearing soon?


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Annael
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Sep 25 2021, 12:26am


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oh noes!

what a run of bad luck! Ice cream is the right solution at the moment.

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dernwyn
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Sep 25 2021, 12:32am


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Two screens

are quite nice for separating and decluttering the work - my son even uses that setup for home (I think he uses one screen just for gaming). I use only one at my small desk at work, but our tech guy got me an extra-wide one.

Best of luck with the tree removal, it will be such a change having the small trees in there! Cool


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Annael
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Sep 25 2021, 12:40am


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just a few more things accomplished on the house

The appraisal came in okay, things are progressing! Today my brother & I moved the last few things of mine out of the house into the garage, ready to be moved to my storage unit on Monday; took the last of the books to the booksellers; did not manage to get rid of the last box destined for Goodwill as the donation center was closed today; and walked through the house to make sure he knows what is going where of the stuff still in the house as I may not be available when the people we're selling the furniture to can come to get it next week. Since this brother & I have been doing the major work of the taking-stuff-away runs, we took all the money we've made from selling books and had a VERY nice lunch at an upscale restaurant. It's on a side street in a nearby town that has been turned into a walking street and all the restaurants lining it have expanded out onto the street. It was a lovely day and there were lots of folks out enjoying it. We had a leisurely lunch, hit the gelato place across the street, and are feeling pleased with ourselves that we really are [almost] done clearing out the house.

This weekend I'm going to a brunch with my dad's men's group from church . . . a lot of them didn't get to go to his service and they want the chance to express their feelings about him. The rest of the weekend I have nothing planned at all!

My cat's fully recovered which is a big relief. He is becoming much more at east in the house we're now in; he's got the big dog suitably trained to not bother him. They both go crazy when flies get in and the other day they were both chasing the same fly around the dining room. The younger dog comes home Tuesday, so he'll have to go through it all again with her, but hopefully she'll take her clue from Loki and decide not to overreact.

I'm taking care of my own business too. Sold my old car, went to the eye doctor (it had been two years), and have a dental cleaning scheduled next week and a followup with the dermatologist the week after that. Feels good to be checking stuff off the to-do list.

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dernwyn
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Sep 25 2021, 12:52am


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After all you've been doing

with readying the house, it's good to hear that things are winding down well. You'll have a wonderful time with your Dad's old friends, I should think they'd have plenty of stories to tell you about him! Heart

What a relief that Charlie's back to normal. Have you been warning him about Eowyn?

And it's good to be getting all that medical stuff out of the way before the surgery, so you can just concentrate on recuperating from that. Smile


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Ataahua
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Sep 25 2021, 1:31am


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I'd be happy just to hook into my single, large home screen

but after I've plugged in the keyboard and mouse to the work laptop ... there are no more ports available! I even bought a USB adaptor so that my home screen and laptop could connect before I realised the flaw in my plan.

Gah! Crazy

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Kimi
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Sep 25 2021, 4:30am


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It's actually

fairly low-tech! Apart from being some clever sort of material. Basically, depending on how its upper section is wound around the hand and arm it tugs the wrist into turning in a direction it's being reluctant to. It actually feels fairly gentle, and I was a mite sceptical as to how well it would work, but it really seems to be doing the job.

The sheep are extremely happy today, as we opened up a new section of grass to them, and it's quite lush spring growth. They're now sitting down chewing cud, which always looks so very relaxed.


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grammaboodawg
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Sep 25 2021, 3:16pm


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Chainsaw was massacred

There's a spool attached to the motor that the chain loops around and along the blade. It's what runs the chain. One of the 6 metal extensions (like a spoke) of the spool the chain runs around broke off... so the chain was dancing all over the place and couldn't stay in the rails of the blade. *sigh* I really beat this little 14" blade electric chainsaw up over the past 10 years. It's meant for branches, and we attacked several full-sized trees and cut them into firewood... so I can't complain. She was relentless and gave her all :)



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Sep 25 2021, 4:08pm


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No news is sometimes better news ;)

Doesn't it figure you'd be caught like that? I always tank up and fill my lawnmower gas cans when bad weather hits the Gulf of Mexico states. It's where most of the US petroleum is processes... so prices go nuts when storms hit. I hope your shortage is resolved very fast.

I'm glad your flower are doing so well :D Especially just before the cold weather moves in. Have a wonderful walkies weekend!!



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Sep 25 2021, 4:19pm


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Fresh scones, flapping clothes, grazing sheep, cases down...

It looks like things are settling down. I'm glad you're able to get out enough to pick up. That's got to be a help at this point.

SO SO SO happy you're able to use your left hand much more :D *applause* Things like typing, washing your hair (soon) and buttoning your shirt must feel so good! :D

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that good weather keeps you company.



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Sep 25 2021, 4:40pm


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Your list is shrinking... finally! :D

It felt like you were adding to it for the longest time. Thank Goodness you're past the appraisal hurdle and got more done on clearing things out of the house. What a great treat for you and your most dependable helpers. There's something about a good meal on a beautiful day that makes things special :)

How lovely you're going to meet up with your Dad's friends. It will give them closure and you a chance to share some time with people who really care about him.

Good job on taking care of yourself. Between how busy you've been and the pandemic, it's not surprising the regular checkups haven't been so regular.

Have a GREAT weekend!



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Sep 25 2021, 5:20pm


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Oh Lawks, not toilet roll frenzy again!

 We had all that during lockdown - the only shortages were caused by panic buying, meaning the supermarkets couldn't restock fast enough.
Last winter was mild and there was a flower or two on the vinca practically throughout - very cheery.


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Sep 25 2021, 5:25pm


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Equinoctial Gales used to be a meteorological thing

but it's been mild and calm lately, thanks to high pressure! Bad news for the wind turbines...from my patch of coastline I can see three windfarms in the distance. I've blitzed the greenhouse today and it was really hot in there. I inconvenienced a lot of spiders ~shudder~ who will no doubt move back in shortly. Once the tomatoes are gone, it's a good place to dry washing in uncertain weather, as I don't own a tumble dryer.


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Sep 25 2021, 5:35pm


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When something as serious as a hurricane is expected

I can understand people wanting to stock up - that's a real and present danger. Lack of fuel tanker drivers causing closure of A FEW petrol stations here initially, then alarmist reporting by the media leading to panic buying when there really isn't a crisis is something quite different!
Selling mums - that did make me laugh! Reminded me of the medieval 'wife sales' in the market place. I imagine they're chrysanthemums. I love them and have tried to grow them in the past, but the slugs and snails take them off at the ankles in my garden. I don't like putting down slug bait, so I buy an autumnal bunch occasionally for the house and make do with that. At present I have Michaelmas daisies, sedum spectabile, alyssum, salvia, a few late roses and a dainty but hardy fuchsia called Hawkshead with almost white flowers. A few straggling nasturtiums and potted pelargoniums add a splash of colour, but things are generally pretty quiet now. My garden's at its colourful best between April and June really.


Greenwood Hobbit
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Sep 25 2021, 5:43pm


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That sort of weather situation is fairly predictable

but people here are very twitchy - there really wasn't a shortage until everyone started panicking. Now the delivery drivers can't keep up with the demand, so yes - there are shortages! Locally the grocery situation is exacerbated by the large local supermarket doing a refurbishment, so there are things missing from the shelves, whole brands absent and it's hard to tell if that is due to the refurb or delivery problems, which makes people edgy. Now the media is full of 'Christmas shortages' due to lack of lorry drivers, which will be the next big panic, I guess. Frankly, the way people usually go overboard and buy far too much, that might not be a bad thing!
It will be interesting to see if we do actually have much cold weather this winter; last one was very mild here. Fuel prices are going up nationally, so I'll cross my fingers for a mild one - although I would love to see a little snow!


Altaira
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Sep 26 2021, 2:18am


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A well-deserved treat!

Lunch at a really nice restaurant followed by gelato - what's not to love!?

I was interested to learn you sold some of the books. Back when we were redoing our childhood home, used bookstores were really hurting due to COVID closures and wouldn't even take any freely given books. We ended up giving most of them to goodwill, etc.. However, we did google the value of some of them and tucked the older and/or more valuable ones away to hopefully sell later. I'd love to hear more about what sorts of books booksellers are taking now.

I read your post of a few weeks ago about your dad's life and it brought me to tears - in a very good way. No wonder more of his friends want to get together to remember him. I'm sure you'll have an amazing time. It reminds me of the time I took my mom to her 50th high-school reunion in Baltimore. We were filing into the banquet room when someone said something to the effect of: "I hope you won't be bored hanging out with all of us old ladies for a few hours." I told her: "on the contrary, one of my main goals in life is to *be* an old lady some day, so I'm delighted." Laugh

Good to hear about the kitty! I can just imagine he and the dog chasing that fly. You must have been dying laughing.

Sold your old car? Did you get the new one yet? Oh, that new car smell!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friend!


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Dame Ioreth
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Sep 26 2021, 3:45pm


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Sorry I'm late

Seems like it's been a busy time for everyone!

We're starting in on cold and flu season which means Flu shots. We carry two kinds - Quad and High Dose Quad. We're now carrying all 3 vaccines for Covid, plus Shingrix for shingles, both Pneumonia vaccines, TDaP and a few of the Hep vaccines. Dosing, paperwork and billing varies for each of them, as does the counseling. How I wish I had a billing department like doctor's offices. It's all me at the pharmacy. And that's just vaccines. We're also doing 2 kinds of Covid testing (Rapid and PCR). Plus the regular work of filling prescriptions and getting the monthly big batch prescription orders in their bubble cards ready for our nursing homes.

To relax, I finally ventured out with the family in public that wasn't work. We went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival and had a grand time. The comedy duo that recreated Shakespeare Death Scenes was hilarious. One bit revolved around a well- loved fair food - Scotch Eggs and another around the fact that any Shakespeare play being performed would have needed a "#spoiler alert" in Henry VIII England. Laugh

Speaking of scotch eggs and mead... did I not mention the mead? Well, then yes, I had mead too. In fact, I had mead before the scotch eggs. Note to self - next you do it the other way around especially if Ii skip breakfast again. Smile

Anyway, a good time. A much needed break. And now back to the grind. I'll be getting 2 weeks off in early November. No cool vacation or anything. Knee surgery. But I plan to write or edit, depending on where my brain leads me. And it will be good to be able to work without pain.

Cheers everyone!

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Sep 27 2021, 12:20am


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Dad collected first editions

and he was really into the sea explorers, like Cook & the various Europeans who sailed up the Pacific Northwest coast, like Grey and Vancouver. He also had enough sets of first editions of Nevil Shute that three of us were able to take a set with us, AND there were leftovers, which the buyer snapped up: Nevil Shute is very big these days. He took mostly nonfiction. That was the rare-books guy, who came to the house. We also toted books to a bookstore in North Seattle that pays better than Half-Price Books does, but this last load we were tired of it so we just went to Half-Price Books.

We have a person who will either clear your house out for you, or advise you on where to sell things; we are paying her for her advice. She put us in touch with the furniture people. Again we have two places: one that will take the really nice stuff & pay better, and one that will haul the rest away to resell and pay us a little.

No new car yet, it's on order and should arrive next month. Meanwhile I bought my Dad's Impreza from the estate and am driving it until I can trade it in on the new car: a new Legacy.
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Annael
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Sep 27 2021, 12:53am


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wow

I've been impressed with my pharmacy during this time. Good on you!

I am having joint surgery around the same time, will send healing vibes.

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dernwyn
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Sep 27 2021, 1:35am


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You deserve a break!

Just thinking about the complexities of the billing makes my head swim. I used to do HCFA-form billing for a psychologist friend and her office mates, and that was enough for me. Is it all online billing nowadays?

Scotch eggs! Those are said to actually be highly nutritious. Yes, mead AFTER the eggs, LOL! Was the Faire very crowded? Silneldor's son and fiance went to one in New York on Pirates' Day, he sent me a pic of them in full pirate regalia. Did you do any dressing-up?

Finally you'll be able to get that knee taken care of! And more writing done - maybe even continue the musical?


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dernwyn
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Sep 27 2021, 1:48am


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LOL!

We're so used to calling them just "mums" around here! Laugh That's too bad about the slimy critters going after them. I have to keep my buckets near the house, to discourage the mum-eating bunnies.

How colorful your garden is right now with those flowers! True, not as colorful as in the Spring, but still eye-pleasing. Cool


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Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Sep 27 2021, 2:11am


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I'll send the same healing vibes back.

Glad I'm getting this done finally, but insurance is driving the timing.

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Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
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Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Sep 27 2021, 2:17am


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Yes, it's online billing.

But that means we still have to jump through the same (and maybe more) while they tell us the process is "streamlined".

We did get to dress up for Ren Fest and I do have a picture. But without Magpie's step-by-step instructions, I can't figure out how to resize a photo! But we did have a good time. My knee gave out so they parked me at the glassblowing area and I happily watched them make all manner of cool things.

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Heed WBA when building blanket forts.
ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
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grammaboodawg
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Sep 27 2021, 12:41pm


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*big hug* Is there any way of getting a temp assistant?

When I was getting my first shot in Feb at a drug store franchise and it was crazy busy, they had a person off to one side at the counter just to sort people out for which shot they wanted (flu/shingles/Covid, etc) and get their paperwork squared away. Then the paperwork was set on the counter in the order of when each person arrived. They were just there during busy times; but it freed up the pharmacist... like now with boosters also getting started.

It's just crazy how they're letting your workload run so heavily for so long. Especially if they also look at how much you've been covering others' schedules all summer. They're so lucky to have you... such a dependable professional.

I hope the surgery stays on track. The pain you're in now makes the workload so much harder. *warm hug*

SO GREAT you were able to get out and have such a wonderful time at the festival. Maybe you should have taken some of that mead to work in a thermos ;) JUST KIDDING! (sorta)

Hang in there!



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Sep 27 2021, 12:47pm


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Nature update...

The birds are migrating already. Canadian geese are all over the skies, the herons are gathering, and I counted over 15 robins just in my front yard on Sunday fattening up for their trip. *sigh* I'm going to miss them all.



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Sep 28 2021, 1:52am


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Hee hee.. more help?! hahahahahaha

Sorry.

No. I work for 2 small independent pharmacies. We make do with the staff we have. I think the gods for the staff at both pharmacies. Those ladies are excellent. Only pharmacists can immunize in our state and lately that means lengthy conversations and sometimes confrontations.

All of my colleagues have workloads like this. The pandemic has increased the workload with employers adding testing and more immunizations. Don't even get me started on insurance companies.

September 25th was World Pharmacists Day. If you didn't thank your pharmacist that day, please do so the next time you see them. It's nuts behind that counter.

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Heed WBA when building blanket forts.
ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings